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Online Student Experience

Earn Your MSW. Wherever. Whenever.

At the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Social Work, we believe in helping each of our students find their own path to success. That’s why we’ve designed our online CSWE-accredited Master of Social Work (MSW) to fit your busy life, with coursework you can complete whenever and wherever you want your classroom to be.

Experience the same high-quality education as our on-campus students, including the resources of the Commonwealth’s premier land-grant university. Benefit from the support of dedicated faculty who will challenge, inspire, and guide as you pursue your Master of Social Work.

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Your Online MSW Experience

Earning your MSW online allows you to stay within your community as you become an advocate for positive change. Our online courses provide the flexibility you need to learn on your time and complete your degree on your schedule. Learn more about becoming an online student and peek behind the scenes of our online MSW program to find out what others are saying about learning in an interactive online environment. Discover how lessons based on real-world scenarios combine with engaging visuals to enhance the learning experience and prepare you for best practices in your social work career. 

The Classroom Experience

As an online student with UK, you’ll use Canvas, a leading educational platform offering incredible new ways to interact with your courses and academic community, such as:

  • Video interviews from social workers currently working in the field identifying how theories and skills are regularly used
  • Interactive activities that spur critical thinking, creativity and assess knowledge
  • Vivid graphics and visual material to help illustrate concepts
  • Active oral and written discussions using Canvas discussion forums and videos on topics related to the weekly course content
  • Authentic assignments help students use and integrate concepts and skills that are essential to social work practice

Plus, you receive around-the-clock technical support, free access to Microsoft Office, and more.

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Online vs. On Campus

UK online students receive the same benefits as on-campus students, combined with the flexibility of online learning. Choosing our online MSW means you can keep up with the needs of your career, family, and community while you advance your social work practice and save on commuting costs.

Benefit Online On Campus
CSWE – accredited
Support from world-class faculty who are dedicated to your success
Strong connections with your classmates and instructors
A versatile curriculum that prepares you to pursue your social work passion
Career support that helps you make the most of your MSW
Flexible, on-your-schedule, online learning

Frequently Asked Questions

In an online program, you will interact with faculty and peers through discussions, chats, email, and other modes of communication.

No; graduates of the online program receive the same degree as their on-ground counterparts. There is no difference in the diploma, and modality (online) is not mentioned.

Courses offered during the Fall and Spring semesters are 16 weeks, while the Summer session courses are 8 weeks in length.

Yes; you will have the support of your faculty, peers, and a support team of enrollment counselors, academic advisors, and more. Online coursework at the University of Kentucky is built with the flexibility you need to incorporate your education into your schedule.

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